Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bulletin for the Week of October 19, 2014 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

This weekend, we will introduce the annual Bishop's Service Appeal. A message from Bishop Jarrell will be presented at all of our weekend Masses. The Bishop's Service Appeal funds services that we, as a parish, cannot afford. By pooling the resources of all the individual church parishes, we are able to provide services that are not feasible for any individual church. In addition to aiding the poor and the vulnerable among us, the appeal supports many other works. One example is the education and support of our seminarians. St. Landry is blessed to have a seminarian studying for the priesthood, Ben Pitre (as always, please keep him in your prayers). St. Landry could not afford to pay for his education and training alone, but with the funds from the appeal, his education and training is possible.

Donations to the appeal can be made in the same manner as last year. First, for those who use offertory envelopes, you will receive special envelopes for the appeal in the mail with your regular envelopes, and the donations can be placed in the offertory at any Mass. Second, for those who do not use envelopes for the regular offertory, there are envelopes in the pews and at the church doors that can be used and placed in the offertory at any Mass. Third, for those who prefer to send the donation directly to the diocese, there are instructions on how to do so on the same envelopes located in the church. When making a donation in this manner, please make sure that St. Landry is marked on the envelope so that we are able to track whether or not we have met our goal for the appeal. Finally, donations can be made online at

Last year, we were a little short of our goal for the appeal. Of course, our hope that our parish will reach the goal this year in support of the many good programs provided by the diocese to St. Landry and to the people of our diocese. Many thanks for your generosity!

And one more thing that touches us all ...

Fr. J. Wilson Matt passed away peacefully last week at the age of 96 in New Iberia.  He had been living in the priest's nursing home, Consolata, located in New Iberia.  Prior to that, he lived in residence here at St. Landry.   Fr. Matt lived a full and active life that touched the hearts of thousands as he spread the joy of Christ through his nearly 74 years of ministry as a priest.  He was certainly a gift to our community, and along with my personal experience of him, I've heard many stories about him from many of you.  Many of our young adults have fond memories of him riding his bike down the halls of Opelousas Catholic to the delight of the students.  Along with his funeral, which I was able to attend, Opelousas Catholic had a Memorial Mass for him last week.  At both Masses, his trademark song, "This Little Light of Mine," was sung with great fervor by all in attendance.  We thank God for the gift of Fr. Matt to us and to our diocese.  Along with our fond memories of him, let us continue to pray for his eternal rest.

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of October 19, 2014 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

Updates are also being made to our St. Landry Catholic Church blog. You can get to the blog from the church home page under the Bulletins and News section or you can just click here to go to it.

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